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I've owned my Filco for less than five months and already the spacebar seems very mushy. If I press hard enough on it and let go, it gets unstuck for a little while but it ends up turning to mush again later.

I typically program and blog a lot but I also game a fair bit (and in games you spam spacebar to jump, such as when you are bunnyhopping). Either way, the spacebar is being hit no less than 10 times as much as the next most commonly pressed key (backspace, because typing is such a b.tch with Cherry Browns :/).

Any suggestions on how to unstuck the spacebar and make it good as new? I've pulled it off and compress aired the crap out of the spacebar area multiple times but the effects last for only a little while. I feel there's something wrong with the stabilizers or the wire or maybe even the switch itself more than anything else.

Also, for a heavy typer (i.e. programmer, blogger, tweeter, chatter) who also plays a lot of games (typically FPS/TPS/MOBA with the occasional MMO/RPG), are Cherry Blues a better option? I do bottom out a lot just because that's what I had gotten used to for over a decade of using rubber dome keyboards, but I also double press and mistype way too easily with the soft, easy to activate Browns in my current board. This can cause issues in games, but mainly just makes me have to retype an entire sentence multiple times because my accuracy takes a huge hit. Sometimes I can type excessively fast because it requires no effort to press the buttons, but for the most part I suffer more than I benefit with my Browns.
Edited by Mapex - 10/3/11 at 9:57am
post #2 of 13
See this guide.

Might be molding crud under the key, on the stabilizer, or something is loose. Can also try lubing it.

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Tenkeyless?
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I like their guitar cases myself.
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I think ripster is on some crusade to denounce the use of tkl as an abbreviation for tenkeyless.
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See this guide.

Might be molding crud under the key, on the stabilizer, or something is loose. Can also try lubing it.

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Since I've taken my spacebar off a few times since the problem began, I've cleaned it and there was never any gunk just sitting there. The stabilizers did possess quite a bit of grease, but I did not check (after reading that guide) if the wire had sufficient grease on its joints (where it is bent and rubs with the keyboard casing). I may lube that part up because I suspect that the metal wire is taking its time to push the key back up, which is why the key is mushy.

When I get home I'll try to troubleshoot more and post back.
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Death to bunnyhopping!
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Death to bunnyhopping!
Lol, not CS or anything like that. Bunnyhopping is a required skill for things like Quake and TFC, though.

Anyway I've taken apart my spacebar multiple times and I've tested a few things out:
1) Spacebar on switch, stabilizers out
2) #1 except right stabilizer placed in
3) #1 except left stabilizer placed in.
4) Spacebar properly mounted with both stabilizers.

Minus the seesawing (due to lack of stabilizers), #1 popped up the key exceptionally well. This to me means the Cherry Brown is working fine.

Once I started placing the stabilizers in I stopped getting the rapid reaction I'm used to on my other keys. Unfortunately it is hard to test when only one stabilizer is in because the space becomes lopsided and mushy overall, but when both stabilizers were in the space became slower. Not sludgey, mind you, but enough to notice.

I have a feeling this is simply a lack of lubrication on the wire and stabilizers (since they sort of go into these notches on the board) and I'll be grabbing some lube on my way home from work tomorrow, specifically some cheap white lithium stuff as suggested in your guide, ripster. Other than that I have no idea what could be going wrong. The switch works perfectly but the stabilizers and/or wire that are slowing the key down.
post #9 of 13
I once pull the Space bar off, turn it 180 degrees and put it back on. Mushiness solved.
post #10 of 13
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Grabbed some white lithium grease from a Pep Boys and dropped minimal amounts on the metal wire where it meets the plastic hinges on the casing underneath the spacebar. Everything is machinegun fast now!

Still, I wouldn't expect that kind of wear on the lubrication in merely three months of owning the keyboard. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to prevent constant maintenance?
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